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Clark County

July 8, 2013

Fewer lanes, bigger delays: Ohio River Bridge Project closures about to start

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CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

With the traffic plans in place, Rowland explained what construction efforts will be in full-swing this summer for the Ohio River Bridges Project — which will construct new downtown and east-end bridges.

On the Kentucky bank of the Ohio River, crews are constructing a steel wharf to be able to load and unload barges. On the Indiana side, two causeways from Jeffersonville’s waterfront are being constructed out into the Ohio River. The temporary causeways will extend several hundred feet into the river and allow construction crews to install the bridge piers that are the closest to the Indiana riverbank. Piers out in the middle of the river will be installed using floating barges, planners for the bridges project said previously.

Installation of steel shafts will begin on the Kentucky side in the next month or so, Rowland said. These will have concrete poured into them to form the pillars of the new downtown bridge. Eventually, five piers — which include four shafts to be drilled for each pier — will be placed in the water. Four piers will be along the respective shorelines to support the bridge.

In Indiana, crews will begin constructing a new Court Avenue exit 0 ramp off of I-65 north. The exit will remain open during the project and the existing exit 0 ramp will not be taken down until the new ramp is open for traffic, planners said previously.

But Jeffersonville residents shouldn’t expect to see a new bridge ramp coming off the Kennedy Bridge this year.

“We’ll be clearing and building retaining walls for the exit ramp,” Rowland said. “There’s no real bridge work going on this year there, it’s all going to be ... retaining wall and roadway work. It’ll be tight in there, but we’ll be working right alongside where traffic is existing already.”

He added that there will be more work on the far north end of the project near Stansifer Avenue.

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